Game of Sorry

By Mercer BaggsOctober 19, 2009, 10:55 pm

Anthony Kim and Robert Allenby

SORRY EXCUSES: The PGA Tour tried to quash the negative press that resulted in Robert Allenby's biting criticism of Anthony Kim after the latter defeated the former, 5 and 3, in singles at the Presidents Cup. The Tour released statements from both players, with Allenby apologizing for calling Kim the 'current John Daly' – among many other things – and Kim accepting the apology.
Backspin If you buy Allenby's mea culpa or Kim's acceptance then there's a boy trapped in a balloon who needs your saving. Allenby's statement began, 'While I feel like the comments published were taken out of context ...' Really? Allenby was asked specifically [ senior writer Randall Mell was among those on hand during the interview] if his comments were on the record and he responded with, 'I don't care. Ask his playing partners, ask his team.' It's one thing to backpedal when you're under fire, but don't shoot a mockingbird and then blame the gun. It makes you look lame. Lame, Robert Allenby.

John Daly

JUST BLOWING SMOKE?: John Daly told Golf Channel this past week that he plans to return to competition after previously saying he was shutting it down for the remainder of the year due to back problems. Daly is expected to play the PGA Tour's Viking Classic in Mississippi, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1.
Backspin Last we saw Daly, he missed the third-round cut at the Wyndham. Prior to that, he shot 78 in the first round of the PGA Championship and withdrew. Before that, he shot 88 in the second round of the Buick Open. People love Daly. They say he's 'everyman.' They love him because of his faults. We've all been divorced four times; blown through millions of dollars like leaves on a lawn; battled alcohol and gambling addiction; wasted second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth chances from others. We've all been there. That's why we love him. He's just like me and you.

Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie

DON'T PEN THESE GUYS IN JUST YET: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin and European captain Colin Montgomeire met up last Monday at Celtic Manor Resort for a 'Year to Go' exhibition match. The two men played a little golf on the Twenty Ten course, site of the 2010 matches, and answered questions ranging from Tiger Woods' flawless Presidents Cup performance to possible vice captains.
Backspin Here's a fun game to play: What if Ryder Cup qualifying ended today? Then Tom Watson,  Ricky Barnes and David Duval would be on the U.S. squad. Meanwhile, the European team would consist of: Simon Dyson, Lee Westwood, Ross McGowan, Padraig Harrington, Alexander Noren, Francesco Molinari, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Rory McIlroy, and Oliver Wilson. And Montgomerie would be clutching his chest like Fred Sanford.

Martin Laird

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS ... : Scotland's Martin Laird defeated Chad Campbell and George McNeill in a playoff to win the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. The victory was Laird's first on the PGA Tour.
Backspin People like to go to Vegas to act in anonymity and then go back to their regular lives without anyone else being aware of how they behaved. That's exactly what seems to be happening at this event. The last six winners are: Laird, Marc Turnesa, McNeill, Troy Matteson, Wes Short, Jr., and Andre Stoltz. They go to Vegas, win big, and no one else ever remembers what transpired.
Stuart Appleby

WORK HARD FOR THE MONEY: There are three tournaments remaining on the 2009 PGA Tour schedule, leaving only three opportunities for players to gain or retain their cards for next season. Three players from outside the top 125 moved inside due to their performances in Vegas: Lard, 134th to 62nd; Bill Lunde, 126th to 124th, and Chris Stroud, 129th to 126th.
Backspin At the moment, David Duval is inside the top 125, at 121st, while Stuart Appleby is 132nd. Duval hasn't finished inside the cut line since 2002. Appleby, on the other hand, hasn't finished worse than 55th since his rookie year in 1996, when he was 130th.

Lee Westwood

THE RACE IS ON?: Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought, shooting no worse than 67 over four rounds in winning the Portugal Masters. The victory moved the Englishman to first on the Order of Merit, with six official events remaining on the 2009 European calendar.
Backspin By being tops in money, Westwood also leads the Race to Dubai, which offers a bonus of $1.5 million to the overall champion. The RTD was supposed to outshine the FedEx Cup monetarily, draw in PGA Tour stars, and provide drama over the final months of the year. Instead, the prize fund has been reduced by 25 percent; no Americans are in the top 60, which is the cut-off number for the season finale; and the Race has received less publicity than Police Academy 6. In other words, things haven't worked out as planned.

Tiger Woods

GOODBYE, MILWAUKEE: Milwaukee Golf Charities Inc., the organization that runs the Milwaukee PGA Tour stop, is dissolving after failing to find a sponsor. That all but assures that the Tour won't return to Milwaukee next year and presents a huge question mark regarding the future of professional golf in the area. The tournament most recently known as the U.S. Bank Championship had been played 42 consecutive years on the PGA Tour.
Backspin The event was where Tiger Woods made his 'Hello, world' pro debut in 1996. It boasts winners like Dave Stockton, Calvin Peete, Mark O'Meara, Corey Pavin and Greg Norman. But recently, the tournament has suffered to secure a top-flight field due to a spot on the schedule the same week as the Open Championship. It's a shame to lose this event, but it would be a worthy sacrifice if this got the Tour to abandon opposite-field events.
Road Hole at St. Andrews

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:  The Royal & Ancient announced that the famous Road Hole 17th at St. Andrews would be lengthened for the 2010 Open Championship. ... Anthony Kim let go of his caddie, Greg Larson. ... Ian Poulter was on the sidelines of the Florida-Arkansas football game Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. ... John Cook won on the Champions Tour and Chad Collins won on the Nationwide Tour.
Backspin The hole goes from 465 yards on the card to 490. ... Larson caddied for Kim much of the last two years. If you're wondering where you've heard his name before, he's Mark Calcavecchia's former employee, who spent 11 years in jail for his part in a small cocaine ring. ... No. 1 Florida squeaked out an ugly 23-20 victory. Poulter has been asked never to attend another game. ... It was Cook's third career victory on the senior circuit and Collins' second on the developmental tour.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.